Schizophrenia and Work

Animus Community Member
  • Working while having Schizophrenia can be tiresome and emotional at the best of times. I tend to ignore all the classic symptoms of paranoia and anxiety for the most part.... but something builds up and - boom- something terrible will happen. For me, it's I am confronted about something. I hate being confronted mostly, because I don't think I did anything wrong. The whole issue is blown out of proportion after that. Anyway I am writing about how to deal with work stress. In the past, I turned to cigarettes and alcohol. But now, I can change my life and move on. I don't get stuck on the issue or person. I don't expect anything from them. I have accepted the fact there are people who will do anything to make life difficult for me, and I will deal with that accordingly, but move on quickly. There is no point in trying to change others. even people close to us can hurt us in our lives. It is often the case. So... when I'm having troubles at work, I don't blame the co worker. because it is all part of a greater whole- be aware of the people in your life and how they affect you... I have been readingĀ  some shareposts and I believe I have a lot to learn from the other members. Thankyou for reading my posts.

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Published On: August 22, 2009
4 Comments
  • Christina Bruni
    Health Guide
    Aug. 24, 2009

    Hello MyAnimus,

     

    Yes I do look forward to your SharePosts and welcome your contributions as a valued member of the Connection community.

     

    I'm glad you're helped by reading other people's SharePosts as well.

     

    Work is: work.  We spend the bulk of our time at work and co-workers can be like family or they can have personality problems and...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello MyAnimus,

     

    Yes I do look forward to your SharePosts and welcome your contributions as a valued member of the Connection community.

     

    I'm glad you're helped by reading other people's SharePosts as well.

     

    Work is: work.  We spend the bulk of our time at work and co-workers can be like family or they can have personality problems and make life difficult.

     

    Right now I tell myself I'm there at work to get my job done in the best possible way I can do it, to steer clear of office politics, and to make sure my actions at work are beyond reproach.  As long as I feel I've done this I hope it will positively impact my boss's impression of me.

     

    Though co-workers are not your friends you would like them to be kind and civil and cooperative.  That is not always the case.  What I do now is lobby to take on new projects so that my boss sees I'm a hard worker.  I aim to do nothing that would give her an excuse to give me a poor review.  So that if I've done all I can, I'm satisfied with my effort.

     

    I am aware that co-workers know about me where I work because of an accidental disclosure.  I would not ever recommend disclosing your illness at your job.  So you see that is why I take on new projects: to stay one step ahead of the game.

     

    When "something terrible happens" as you suggested it does, I would step outside of the situation and look at it objectively as if it isn't happening to you.  I would try not to take things personally at work.  This is where your confidence level can help you weather any storm at work. 

     

    So to gain the confidence that you can handle what comes your way at work, I recommend you challenge yourself both at work and in your personal life; take risks to do things that will boost your self-esteem.

     

    Logging on the Connection and writing SharePosts is something you've been doing and this could help you along these lines.  Continue to post as often as you feel the need to.

     

    Have a good night.

     

    Peace,

    Christina

  • Donna-1
    Aug. 23, 2009

    I believe God puts circumstances and people in my life as an opportunity to do the right thing...or the wrong thing.  And each of us knows in our hearts what is wrong and right.  And my character is developed by whether I choose the high road or the low.  I don't want to sound "preachy" but this view of life gives me challenges every day. ...

    RHMLucky777

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    I believe God puts circumstances and people in my life as an opportunity to do the right thing...or the wrong thing.  And each of us knows in our hearts what is wrong and right.  And my character is developed by whether I choose the high road or the low.  I don't want to sound "preachy" but this view of life gives me challenges every day.  Moral and ethical challenges.  This doesn't mean I am nicey-nicey to everyone or that I let family members or others run over me.  Sometimes I put myself first -- I have to in order to secure my recovery and in order to serve others from a position of strength.  But I used to feel thrust into the world with no way to protect myself, no safe harbor, but I don't think that anymore.  A lot of it, as Dave said, is learning how to enjoy life by listening to music, talking to friends, etc.  I play the same music every morning while I get ready for the day -- it is comforting.  And I have my dear mother whom I can call at any time and just chat.  And I try not to worry when it isn't necessary.

     

    Thank you for your post.

     

    Best wishes to you,

     

    Carolyn

  • David Robbins
    Aug. 23, 2009

    Hi MyAnimus,

     

    My last job stress busters were, First I'd wake up an hour and a half before work. I'd shower, shave,brush my teeth and get dressed. I'd turn on some music, have a decent breakfast and pack my lunch.

     

    I'd leave a half hour before it was time to clock in, to beat the rush hour traffic.

     

    I didn't drink coffee...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi MyAnimus,

     

    My last job stress busters were, First I'd wake up an hour and a half before work. I'd shower, shave,brush my teeth and get dressed. I'd turn on some music, have a decent breakfast and pack my lunch.

     

    I'd leave a half hour before it was time to clock in, to beat the rush hour traffic.

     

    I didn't drink coffee so as not to get hyper.

     

    A friend/co-worker would come over to my office at the end of the day and we'd chat.

    That last half hour was a great way to unwind before going home.

     

    Take your breaks, lunch and relax.

     

    Side note: I was a manager of a small cafe. My job was very stressful. I had to multi-task all day. I enjoyed every minute of it.

     

    I hope you find a good way to stave off stress. At lunch read a book or write in a diary or journal.

     

    Peace,

     

    Dave

     

    p.s. thank you for the comment to my sharepost

    • DerbyDude
      Dec. 09, 2016
      I was almost glad when I read your post and realized all the similarities we had per our pre work rituals. Everything from waking up so much earlier than necessary just to get prepared to leave early so to get to work early just to get myself ready for what the schedule for that particular work day was going to bring. I exhausted myself before leaving the house...
      RHMLucky777
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      I was almost glad when I read your post and realized all the similarities we had per our pre work rituals. Everything from waking up so much earlier than necessary just to get prepared to leave early so to get to work early just to get myself ready for what the schedule for that particular work day was going to bring. I exhausted myself before leaving the house and even actually getting to work and then having to have every second of my day structured out in my mind the way I thought or hope the day would be.